Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Health Tip: Take Appendicitis Symptoms Seriously

Recognize these warning signs

While the appendix doesn't appear to have a real job in the body, it quickly becomes a concern when inflammation of the organ -- known as appendicitis -- sets in.

The Cleveland Clinic mentions these warning signs of appendicitis:

  • Vomiting and nausea.
  • Pain in the lower-right area of the abdomen that becomes worse when touched.
  • Soreness just above the belly button that may extend to the lower-right area of the belly.
  • Aforementioned pain that worsens when coughing, sneezing, moving around or taking a deep breath.
  • Running a mild fever.
  • Having diarrhea, constipation or being unable to pass gas.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Abdominal swelling.

APPENDIX by Dictionary.com
  1. supplementary material at the end of a book, article, document, or other text, usually of an explanatory, statistical, or bibliographic nature.
  2. a narrow, blind tube protruding from the cecum, having no known useful function, in humans being 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 cm) long and situated in the lower right-hand part of the abdomen. Also known as vermiform appendix.
APPENDICITIS by Pubmed Health, click here for details.

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